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Echo and the Bunnymen Bring Old and New to The Masonic

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Echo and the Bunnymen
Masonic Auditorium
December 3, 2018

Photos by Raymond Ahner.

England’s long-running post-punk/new wave stalwarts Echo and the Bunnymen stopped off at The Masonic in San Francisco recently, supporting their latest release The Stars, The Oceans, and The Moon, (featuring “reimagined” versions of some of their classics,) sounding just as fresh as they did over 30 years ago.

Echo and the BunnymenWalking out onto the stage and greeting the crowd with just a ”Hello, San Francisco,” frontman Ian McColloch stepped up to the mic stand (where he stayed for most of the evening) and started their 17-song set with “Going Up,” with a swirling light backdrop lighting to otherwise dimly lit stage.

Echo and the BunnymenOver the next 90 minutes or so, Ian, along with fellow founding member guitarist Will Sergeant and the rest of the band, delivered some of their most well-known songs to a very receptive audience, including “Bedbugs and Ballyhoo,” “The Somnambulist,” and “Nothing Lasts Forever.”

Echo and the BunnymenAfter closing the set with “Bring On the Dancing Horses,” “The Killing Moon,” and “The Cutter,” the band returned to the stage for both “Lips Like Sugar,” and “Ocean Rain,” closing out a nice evening of classics by a classic band.

Echo and the BunnymenIt’s obvious Echo and the Bunnymen can still put it out there after three decades of playing. Their show served as a reminder of their roots and their ability to crank out terrific new songs.

Setlist:

Going Up | Bedbugs and Ballyhoo | Rescue | Never Stop | All That Jazz | All My Colours (Zimbo) | Over the Wall | The Somnambulist | Villiers Terrace | Nothing Lasts Forever | Seven Seas | Rust | Bring On the Dancing Horses | The Killing Moon | The Cutter || Lips Like Sugar | Ocean Rain

Find out more about Echo and the Bunnymen here.

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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